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Work, Work, Work

My how time flies.I can’t believe it’s been more than a month since I posted.I have not been idle though.I finished making and quilting the guild’s mystery quilt.I’ve already given out 4 clues and I think they will have either 2 or 3 more left to do.They should have all the components of the blocks by the end of this month.Here’s a sneak peak of the quilts.

I’d love to show you a picture of both quilts, but I can’t yet – that would ruin the mystery.I made two since the guild members like to have a small and larger option.My small one I made with Christmas colors and the large one I made with Halloween/fall colors.However, there is really nothing Haloween-ish about the fabrics I used on the top except for the colors.I did use Halloween fabric for the back though.
I also started machine quilting the Quilt Show’s Block of the Month from last year.Here’s a sneak peak of the center.I just finished quilting the curved flying geese arches last night.

In the mean time I’ve also played with m…
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Finished quilt and other projects

I thought I had posted these already but I guess that was just on Facebook.  Anyway, I finished my On Ringo Lake quilt.  I just did an all over meander to quilt it.  I didn't spend a lot of time custom quilting it as it was a pretty busy pieced quilt.  So here it is in all it's glory.

I'm really happy with this quilt.  I love the colors. 

And remember on my retreat over the new years?  And I played with my friends 10 needle embroidery machine.  Well I used those three fall blocks and made this little runner. 

When I got home from her house and looked at my fall fabrics I was so happy to see this fabric - it goes perfect with the designs. 

I also took a guild class where we made these Hawaiian bags.  They are huge and will hold a few large quilts - perfect for taking show and tell to guild and a great bag for quilt show shopping.  I have one already but the handles were wearing out since I've used it for years. 

And over the past month, I also purchased myself a 10 need…

2018 Goals

I follow a blog called Quilt By Faith and her mantra is 'goals are good'.   They are sometimes and I'm hoping this year it will be true for me. 

As I mentioned in my last post, my guilds challenge this year is to finish at least 10 quilts that we put on a list of quilts that have been started.  I thought I filled out all 10 but I didn't.  I only had 7 on the list and I've already finished 2.  But that doesn't mean I won't put more here. 

Here are the two I've finished from that list - the Christmas ornaments as seen here.  And I also had my friendship group challenge on the list and that was finished and shown... wait - I never posted our Christmas party with all the quilts we did.  That will have to be another post but take my word for it.  I finished the challenge quilt - the challenge was 'travel'. 

So the other's on the guild list are some of the same from last year - the Circle of Illusion,

 Orca Bay

and the

Twirly Balls quilt

  I also …

My Year of Finishes

These are all the projects that I finished this past year. Thank goodness for the blog - it's helped me keep track of what I do.

I didn't think I finished a lot this year but when you add in all the boutique items and gifts, I did pretty good.  Mostly at the beginning of the year.  I had a hiccup in my life after summer and that put a halt on too much quilting.  Then I changed my mind and tried to get busy creating.

I did finish 9 of the 15 projects I had on my 2017 Goal list.  I finished the En Provence Quilt, made the Halloween Embroidery quilt, finished the guild mystery quilt, the quilt for my great niece and for my nephew and his wife, finished my English Paper Pieced tumbling block quilt, finished the Pineapple quilt, the Fat Quarter Shop 2016/17 Designer mystery, and the Christmas ornaments.

Now that I got this done, I can work on the quilts I want to finish this year.  Our guild has a challenge to finish up started quilts.  We had to put a lists of at least 10 quilts w…

Bonnie Hunter -On Ringo Lakes

For New Years I went to a friends for 3 full days to sew--and sew I did.  I caught up with all the clues on the Bonnie Hunter mystery quilt up to the final one the first day I got there.  And then after she announced the final clue, I spent the full day working on the top.

Here's my quilt in all it's glory.

We had fun trying to figure out the layout before the final clue.  Here's one of our ideas.  We were so sure when we did the math--we knew it had to be on point.  But like in all things, there is always more than one way to do something.  The first one we figured the sashing pieces would be used in the border.

This was another idea - but when we did the math we figured we didn't have enough of the sashing pieces. 

As it turns out, we really like Bonnie's layout so it is all good. 

I followed Bonnie's colors.  And I love it.  But I also love my friends color choices.  It's a totally different quilt.  Here's her finished top.

She made her quilt square …

Christmas Ornaments and gifts

Another Christmas has come and gone and overall it was a wonderful holiday. 

First though, my siblings and I always exchange handmade ornaments each year.  This year I made these for everyone.

These were actually started last January 1st.  Finished them sometime before December of this year. 

These are the ornaments I received.

Here are a few other projects that I worked on as gifts.

On the 23rd of December, my stepdaughter's family and my husband's family all came to my dad's house to celebrate our Christmas.  Since they moved out of state we will take any time we can to visit with the grandkids.  Meeting at my dad's house is centrally located and much better than meeting at a noisy restaurant.    Here are my grandkids.
They were so fun.  I'm glad my dad and my brother and his family had an opportunity to meet my son-in-law and see these kids. 

And on Christmas morning, my dad and I headed to my brother's house to open presents and eat breakfast. 
I had to wo…

Bonnie Hunter On Ringo Lake Mystery Update and some other fun stuff

I am almost caught up on the Bonnie Hunter On Ringo Lake.  Currently working on Clue 4.  I have about 1/8 of the amount needed done - but everything is cut for it so I'm ahead there and these pieces are coming together quickly.  Link to the link up is here

It's been fun looking on her blog to see all the different colors people are using.

I also finished this weekend block #7 of my Block of the Year project.  It's all hand applique and I don't work on it a lot.  Just when I go to sewing days with friends.

Here are the 7 finished blocks.  It's a 3P Baltimore Christmas pattern.

I also took a guild class in November by Becky Lamb McDaniel.  She was a wonderful speaker and a good teacher and if your guild is looking for a teacher, contact her.  Our class was to make a cushion.  Our meeting place only has the cold hard folding chairs so we figured a class on making cushions we can take each month would be great.  This is my cushion.  I did hand quilt using the big stitc…